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Advancing toward 7nm

This is the fourth of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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Another kind of chip with carbon nanotubes

This is the second of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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Mapping hot spots at 10nm and below

This is the first of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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A nanometer leap to trillions of transistors

IBM Research scientist Qing Cao develops way to link carbon nanotubes Scientists and engineers don’t need to wear clapboards in Times Square declaring “The end of Moore’s Law is near.” They all know that silicon-based computer chips will soon cease to improve in speed and shrink in size. One of those scientists, IBM’s Qing Cao […]

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IBM and Hartree Centre collaboration makes significant progress in first year

In 1907 German chemists at Henkel AG combined sodium silicate with sodium perborate, which when mixed with boiling water resulted in a self-acting textile-friendly and odorless bleach they eventually branded Persil. Nearly 100 years later Persil remains the detergent of choice for millions of households, manufactured and sold globally by multi-nationals including Unilever and Henkel. Those […]

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Cell engineering can give IBM Watson “microscopic eyes”

What if your cells could actually see? Today, scientists at IBM Research’s Almaden lab in the Silicon Valley are pioneering a new field of discipline – cell engineering – that uses cells as sensors to transmit new information to researchers about disease and the environment. In collaboration with University of California-San Francisco, our lab will […]

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Building IBM’s inventions

When most visitors tour IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, an hour north of New York City, they are often shown the wall of Fellows, a portrait gallery of every IBM researcher who has earned the company’s highest technical rank, IBM Fellow, since the program started in 1963. But in another part […]

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Imaging atoms on 2D atomic crystals in liquids

More than 35 years after IBM Nobel laureates Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer invented the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), IBM scientists in Zurich have achieved another breakthrough in the field of atom-by-atom imaging and metrology. But this time it’s in liquids. In collaboration with scientists from the University of Limerick, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, […]

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Materials scientists teach nanowires how to ‘dance’

The ultra-high vacuum electron microscope tucked away in a lab down a nondescript aisle on the ground floor of the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center (itself tucked away in the woods of Westchester County, NY) holds many clues that help scientists unlock the physics that takes place at nanoscale dimensions. Understanding how materials behave […]

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Jordan sneakers and polymer chemistry

What does IBM Research have to do with … Jordan Sneakers? Basketball great Michael Jordan created a legacy brand, some would say a cultural phenomenon, with his sneaker line — which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1985, he has released a newly designed “Jordan” basketball shoe, typically referred to by a roman numeral […]

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Material innovation key to 7nm and beyond

As our semiconductor research team in Albany, NY continues to scale CMOS technology towards future nodes – to 10nm, 7nm, and beyond – the transistor channel resistance that determines current flow, and how we connect to it, continues to play an increasingly significant role in a chip’s overall performance. So in order to ensure the […]

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Blockchain, Open AI take top spots in World Economic Forum breakthroughs

Today the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was published. The list highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. “Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform […]

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